With today being Selection Sunday, we all got to see who along with Mount St. Mary’s made up the 68-team NCAA tournament field this year.
We all knew LIU Brooklyn was not going to be among those teams but after LIU were upset by Robert Morris in the NEC tournament quarterfinal round a couple of weeks ago, LIU head coach Jack Perri revealed in the postgame presser with the media that they had gotten invitations to play in the other non-NCAA sponsored postseason tournaments although he didn’t reveal which one they were but many felt they would be a prime candidate to participate in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament or the CIT as it is better known.
Last night, though, we learned that LIU Brooklyn had come to a decision about their postseason involvement courtesy of a tweet from News 12 Sports Director Pat O’Keefe.
The Blackbirds decided against playing in either the CIT or the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) and thus bringing their 2016-17 season to an official close at 20-12 and bringing an end to the college careers of Glenn Feidanga, Iverson Fleming and NEC Player of the Year Jerome Frink.
Frink, in particular, after the loss to Robert Morris had expressed his desire to want to continue playing in one of these two postseason tournaments but also said he would discuss the matter further with his fellow seniors and see where it goes from there.
Obviously, we don’t know exactly why LIU decline an invitation to either the CIT or the CBI, but the news was a bit disappointing for those who wanted to see the Blackbirds continue on with their season for at least one more game and get some sort of additional postseason tournament experience for their remaining young players. At the moment, there are ten scholarship players expected to return next season and eight of those will be sophomores and juniors in 2017-18.
LIU Brooklyn will now begin concentrating on recruiting for next season. LIU currently have two scholarships available and have already signed 6’2″ combo guard Shyheim Hicks out of Massachusetts in the early signing period.